Wise n’ Shine: NBA picks, NHL predictions and college basketball best bets for Friday, January 13

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Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to a fantastic Friday of sports. We have a big NBA slate tonight, plus NHL, college basketball and EPL soccer to enjoy, while the NFL playoffs are just one day away. So let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Kraken take down the Bruins
The Seattle Kraken beat the Boston Bruins on Thursday to win their 7th straight game and hand Boston their first home loss in regulation for 29 games. There was no fluke about it either, as Seattle won each period 1-0 for a stunning 3-0 victory.

Gonzaga holds off BYU
#8 Gonzaga just avoided an upset by BYU last night, holding on to win 75-74, but #7 UCLA and #9 Arizona both recorded more comfortable wins.

Today’s Slate

Big night in the NBA
There’s a 9-game slate in the NBA tonight a it makes the most of the spotlight before the focus is on the NFL over the weekend. Warriors vs Spurs at 7:30 pm ET and Nuggets vs Clippers at 10:00pm ET are being shown on ESPN.

Jets vs Penguins on NHL Network
It’s a small slate in NHL today with just 3 games, featuring Jets vs Penguins at 7:00pm ET on NHL Network.

There’s college hoops and soccer, too
Nebraska vs Purdue is the top college basketball game today (7:00 pm ET, BTN), and you can check out our coverage of today’s college basketball plus our soccer picks, which include a play for today’s Aston Villa vs Leeds EPL game (3:00pm ET, USA Network).

Best Bet of the Day

NBA: San Antonio Spurs +8 vs Golden State Warriors
7:30 pm ET, ESPN

A record-breaking attendance is expected for tonight’s game as 64,387 tickets have been sold as the Warriors and Spurs meet up at the Alamodome. The Warriors are on a 3-game losing streak following their embarrassing 125-113 loss to a Suns team without 4 starters. Now they’re on the road, where they have a 3-16 SU record this season, the worst mark in the NBA. The Spurs are 1-6 in their last 7 games overall, but they’ve held their ground pretty well over the last 3, losing by just 6, 8 and 5 points against Memphis (twice) and the Boston Celtics. They’ve covered the spread in 5 straight games.


Be sure to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they will be joined by ESPN college basketball analyst Dalen Cuff (@DalenCuff) to talk hoops, as well as looking ahead to the weekend NFL playoff action and revealing their Plays of the Day. You can also access the show at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).

The Wild Card Weekend edition of Pickswise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show presented by Superbook Sports, is also available, featuring former NFL star Tank Williams, so be sure to check that out too!


Stat of the Day

The Hawks are 4-10 in their last 14 games on the road.

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